ERIC Number: EJ1217713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
A Social Gradient in the Effects of the Skills for Life Program on Self-Efficacy and Mental Wellbeing of Adolescent Students
Pannebakker, Fieke D.; van Genugten, Lenneke; Diekstra, René F. W.; Gravesteijn, Carolien; Fekkes, Minne; Kuiper, Rebecca; Kocken, Paul L.
Journal of School Health, v89 n7 p587-595 Jul 2019
Background: The goal of the current study was to evaluate the effects of the Social Emotional Learning program Skills 4 Life on mental health and its risk factors self-esteem, self-efficacy, and social interaction skills in students of secondary schools. Methods: A cluster randomized controlled study was conducted, including 38 schools (66 classes; grades 7 to 9) for secondary education, with a 1 year and 20 months follow-up (teachers and students reports). Results: The intervention was effective in improving self-efficacy, depressive symptoms, and teacher-reported psychological problem behavior, all after 20 months. Stratified analyses showed effects in mainly lower educational level students. Conclusion: The Skills 4 Life curriculum is effective in improving the mental health and self-efficacy among adolescents, especially for adolescents from lower educational level, a group that is most prone to ill mental health.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Development, Emotional Development, Mental Health, Self Esteem, Risk, Self Efficacy, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Secondary School Students, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Depression (Psychology), Behavior Problems, Low Achievement, Well Being
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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